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The Cameron watch

Ken Rosenthal's column today deals with teams that are sniffing around Mets outfielder Mike Cameron.

Cameron, who is an elite defensive centerfielder, has been relegated to right field by the acquisition of Carlos Beltran, and with Victor Diaz and Cliff Floyd both hitting well, Cameron (and the $15 million he's owed over the next two years) is thought by some to be expendable.

The Mets big hole has been in the bullpen, which isn't an area of strength for the Rangers, either, but the Rangers are identified by Rosenthal as a team that is interested in trying to nab Cameron.

As a lot of you probably know, I'm a huge Cameron fan, and would love to see him come here. Putting Cameron in centerfield would result in a significant upgrade in the outfield defense, and while he's not a high-average hitter, he draws walks, hit homers, is a great percentage basestealer, and would slot in nicely in the Ranger lineup. He also has traditionally hit extremely well in TBIA, while being disproportionately impacted by the poor hitting environment at Shea Stadium and at Safeco Field (where he spent several years with the M's).

It all depends on the cost, of course...but if the Mets aren't asking too much, the Rangers need to be aggressively pursuing Cameron.